Don't pump gas on April 15th!!!!!!
In April 1997, there was a “gas out” conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Because of that, gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.
On April 15th 2011, all internet users should not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices.
If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that’s almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on April 15th and let’s try to put a dent in the oil industry for at least one day.
If you agree PLEASE reblog this.
In spite of all these idiots sharing that stupid little “gas out” protest thing on Facebook, I’m going to buy twice as much gas as I normally would (not really because I don’t have anywhere to put it but that’s besides the point). If you’re seeing that crap all over your newsfeed, copy and paste my points below to educate these people.
1) There is no evidence of a “gas out” in April of ‘97 [or any other date] that made gas prices drop 30 cents a gallon. (http://www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/nogas.asp)
2) Buying the day before or after just neutralizes the whole thing. If you really want to protest something you have to inconvenience yourself. In this case, it means cutting back on gasoline for MORE THAN A DAY. If every little bit helps where would a lot get you? Try doing it for the rest of your life.. oh but then if you didn’t use gas very often it wouldn’t make much of a difference what the price was now would it?
3) Even if oil companies were intimidated by a bunch of lazy online protesters, this type of thing just notifies them of the protest so they can adjust accordingly.
4) The people this type of thing hurts is independent gas station owners who pretty much have no control over the price and also have very small profit margins to begin with (approximately $0.03/gallon last I heard). Gas station profit comes mostly from the items inside the store (like soft drinks and candy).
Gas-Out on the 15th.
So, if you don’t know what this is, it’s basically just a day where you don’t buy gas for your car and just an effort to bring down the price of gas for everyone by showing we’re not COMPLETELY dependent on it. Y’know, ‘cause they make at least 3 billion dollars in revenue for it.
So if you’re running low, get it on the 14th or the 16th. It’s pretty easy not to do especially if it’s not a thing you need to worry about.
So let’s all try it. See what happens. It definitely won’t go up due to demand, that’s for sure.